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Solar Probe Plus — Getting up close and personal with our sun

Our sun is a dwarf star of hot and glowing gasses. We know its interaction with the Earth drives our seasons, weather and more. But to understand the connectivity between the Earth and sun fully, we need to get up close, and a Solar Probe will help us.

US, Russia set to clash over Syria sanctions

New York - Russia and the United States were headed for a clash at the UN Security Council on Monday as Moscow prepared to veto a draft resolution that would impose sanctions on Syria.

German hostage beheaded by Philippine Islamists: govt

Manila - Islamic militants in the Philippines have beheaded a 70-year-old German hostage they were holding for ransom, Manila officials said Monday, as Berlin condemned the murder as "unscrupulous and inhumane".

Interview with DJ Johnny Iovino: Disco music and future plans Special

Wantagh - DJ Johnny Iovino sat down and chatted with me about his music career, greatest inspirations and his love for disco music.

Op-Ed: Pentagon wants to expand involvement in Somalia

One of the recommendations of the Pentagon to the new Trump administration is to expand the battle in Somalia against the Al-Shabab, Al-Qaeda-linked militants.

Turkey jails German journalist on terrorism charges

Ankara - A court in Istanbul on Monday ordered provisional detention for a correspondent of the German newspaper Die Welt, a move that drew a stern rebuke from Chancellor Angela Merkel.

U.S. financing supplier of Africa mines accused of slave labor

The U.S. government's export credit agency has provided hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer-backed financing over the past decade to a supplier of equipment to African mines accused of slave labor, human rights and environmental crimes.

LG's G6 brings smartphones 'back-to-basics'

LG has officially launched the LG G6, its 2017 Android flagship smartphone, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The device's headline feature is its "FullVision" display and virtually bezel-less finish. LG says the phone is focused on simplicity.

US, S. Korea and Japan look to turn screw on Pyongyang

Washington - Senior US, South Korean and Japanese officials met on Monday to discuss how better to enforce international sanctions against North Korea's nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs.

Walden the video game to be released for Thoreau’s 200th birthday

A new kind of video game, almost a decade in the making, will allow players to step into the shoes of one of America’s greatest philosophers as he finds food, shelter and arrowheads in the rustic setting of Walden Woods.

Famine inches closer as drought and hunger in Somalia worsens

Mogadishu - International aid on a large scale is needed to avert an imminent disaster unfolding in Somalia. With two years of drought in an already arid region, food insecurity, and internal violence and conflict, Somalia is sinking into famine.

Essential Science: The poison behind the killing of Kim Jong-nam

Authorities in Malaysia reported that Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader, was killed by a highly toxic nerve agent called VX. We take a look as to what this chemical is and why it is so deadly.

GOP lawmakers try to revive Pebble mine project under Trump EPA

Some GOP lawmakers and mining companies are banking on the EPA's new head, Scott Pruitt reversing an earlier veto by the agency of a controversial mine project in Alaska's Bristol Bay, despite local opposition and the threat to sockeye salmon fisheries.

Op-Ed: Longest Dow winning streak in 30 years with Trump speech tomorrow

As measured by the key US Dow Jones Index of US stocks, Trump policies appear popular with investors. However, his speech to Congress tomorrow will reveal whether US stocks continue their record climb.

Ukraine rebels threaten to seize enterprises over blockade

Kiev - Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine on Monday threatened to seize control of enterprises across their territories unless Kiev halts a blockade by nationalist protesters.

Trump eyes jump in defense spending

Washington - President Donald Trump announced Monday he would ask Congress for a nearly 10 percent increase in defense spending and a large reduction in foreign aid, as he offered a taste of his upcoming budget.

In Iraq's desert, mass grave horror beneath the dirt

Mosul - The sinkhole that could be the largest mass grave in Iraq's latest conflict is barely visible from the road, nothing more than a small depression behind a desert ridge near Mosul.

New threat to Colombia peace talks as ELN claims bombing

Estanzuela - Clouds gathered Monday over peace talks aimed at ending Colombia's half-century conflict after the ELN rebels claimed responsibility for a deadly bombing at a bullring in Bogota.

Hungary begins new border 'smart-fence'

Budapest - Hungary has begun building a high-tech second fence on the border with Serbia complete with night cameras and heat and movement sensors to keep out migrants, the government said Monday.

UN slams North Korea over 'provocative' sanctions evasion

New York - Backed by China, the UN Security Council on Monday unanimously condemned North Korea for its "irresponsible and provocative" attempts to evade sanctions.
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